FHSD celebrated Veterans in a big way!
Schools in the Francis Howell School District held Veterans Day celebrations to salute those currently serving or who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Many of our schools invited veterans to their special activities scheduled in honor of the holiday. Veterans were treated to meals, student performances and slide shows honoring past and present members of the military, along with special guest speakers. View more Veterans Day photos by clicking here.
Harvest Ridge Elementary
Francis Howell North
Saeger Middle School
FHSD hosts 13th Annual Iron Chef Competition 
Dozens of students went head-to-head demonstrating their skills in the kitchen at the District's culinary arts competition. View photos here.
Elementary students meet the Superintendent
Students at Henderson Elementary sat down with the District's new superintendent.
FHSD to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need
The District has partnered with Sodexo and the St. Louis Area Foodbank to distribute food to families who need financial help this year.
Francis Howell Central’s Scott Harris was named AD of the Year
Scott Harris has been named the St. Louis Athletic Director of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. 

Howell Grown Educator Program Lunch & Learn
Do you know Howell Alumni? The Howell Grown Educator Program is designed to support Francis Howell School District alumni who are pursuing a degree in education. The program is hosting its first event on Wednesday, December 28. Please share this flyer with FHHS, FHC and FHN alumni that you think may be interested.

Inclement Weather Procedures

The Francis Howell School District is preparing for the upcoming inclement weather season. 

Contact information can be updated at any time in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Click here for instructions on how to update contact information in Infinite Campus. The contact information listed will be used for all SchoolMessenger alerts, so it is imperative that your information is correct in Infinite Campus. 

To read more about inclement weather procedures click here.

Redesigned FHSD Website in the Works 
The Communications Department has been working hard behind the scenes for the District's switch to a different website vendor. Our updated District and school websites will be mobile-friendly and easier to navigate. Stay tuned for more information on when you can expect to see the new design!

Have you ever wondered about your child's worries and anxieties?

After a two-year Covid-related hiatus, the FHSD Family Learning Series is coming back! The first event will be held Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Westwood Trail Academy (810 Westwood Industrial Park Dr, Weldon Spring, MO 63304). Professional Therapist Amy Maus will talk about youth anxiety and strategies that parents and educators can use to help.

Attendees will learn answers to these questions and more:
  • What anxieties are normal childhood/youth issues, and when do they require professional help?
  • Why are so many young people showing signs of anxiety these days?
  • What can parents – and teachers – do to help a student who often seems worried, is shy, shows perfectionism, or has symptoms of panic?

Register today – space is limited!
Project Manager Jeremy Boettler provided an update on 801 Corporate Centre Drive and the Francis Howell North construction project at the October 20 Board of Education Meeting.

Work is continuing at the site of the new Francis Howell North High School. Roofing has been installed on more than half of the campus. It is exciting to see the progress happening every day! To see more photos of this month's work click here.
The FHSD College & Career Readiness Team is hosting a college campus visit day. Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of two local universities on Tuesday, November 29. Learn more or register by clicking here.
FHSD continues to be impacted by nationwide staffing shortages, specifically for custodial, maintenance and paraprofessional roles. We are also looking to hire a Director of Facilities and Operations. View all open positions online and please consider applying if there’s a role that interests you. 
The District's Alternative Learning Department is sponsoring the 2022 Community Resource Fair on Saturday, December 10. Learn more.
The 2023-24 Collaboration Wednesday schedule has been finalized. Click here to see the updated calendar.
The Francis Howell Trauma-Informed School Initiative is an ongoing effort to provide safe and supportive educational environments for students to learn and educators to work by understanding the signs of chronic stress and trauma and how to respond effectively. For more information, please visit the District website or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Trauma-Informed Schools web page.
Candidate filing for the April 4, 2023, election to the Board of Education, opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 and continues until 5 p.m. on Dec 27, 2022. The terms of current Board members Patrick Lane, Mary Lange and Doug Ziegemeier will expire in April 2023. FHSD residents interested in filing must do so in person at the Administration Building, 801 Corporate Centre Drive. To learn more about eligibility or how to file click here.
FHSD Board of Education Approves Raises for Support Staff
At the October 20 Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously approved pay raises for support staff, including custodians, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, administrative assistances, maintenance and grounds, nurses and other support staff roles across the District.
In September, FHESPA and members of the leadership team met to problem-solve the significant staffing shortages plaguing the District. It became clear that the District must offer competitive wages to recruit and retain the high-quality, dedicated staff we desire. 
All support staff received an increase of at least $1.00 per hour or the equivalent salary increase of $1.00 per hour, effective November 1, 2022. 

AP Scholars with Distinction
Every fall, the Advanced Placement Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on multiple AP Exams. Nationwide, only about 10% of students earn the distinction of AP Scholar or higher by the time they graduate – and to earn the top-level award is an even greater feat. A total of 258 Francis Howell students were named AP Scholars for the 2021-22 school year - 84 of those at the highest level, AP Scholar with Distinction.

Zain Bari, Maiya Boain, Cordelia Kraft, Carli Mattingly, Liam Nachtrab, Travor Nichols, Braeden Pedrotti, Matthew Tierney, Samuel Woodruff, Kaylee Wright, Cordelia Kraft and Anna Mori
Zackery Avram, Graham Black, Colin Lewis, Tanvi Reddy Lomada, Anvitha Makkena, Ethan Milam, Julia Pfeiffer, and Emma Shuler
FRANCIS HOWELL NORTH Manisha Muthukaruppan
and Elizabeth Struble
This month the District celebrated National Parents as Teachers Day on the birthdate of founder Mildred M. Winter. Parents are their child's first teacher and Francis Howell School District is fortunate to have an amazing staff and program supporting our community. Over 7,800 family visits and 2,000 children screened in 21-22!
Some of the Francis Howell School District's littlest learners at Hackmann Road Early Childhood Education Center dressed up for Halloween.
Congratulations to Francis Howell Middle Choir members Avi McNew, Bailey Camp, Brooklyn Howard and Jalynn Essary. They were selected to sing in the MCDA State Choir.
Francis Howell North High School kicked off the #NoHateWeek2022 with an all-school assembly! The No Hate Tour energized the students and staff members. The goal? To remind us of the power of being kind and being yourself every day.
We recently celebrated all of our transportation team members during Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Our bus drivers safely transport students to and from school and school-related events every day and we appreciate all they do.
Congratulations to Sydney Roberts, 1st grader, at John Weldon Elementary. She auditioned for and made the cast of The Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre! Sydney will be part of the cast as a snowflake and she cannot be more excited to be performing on the Fox Theater stage.
K-12 deaf and hard-of-hearing students enjoyed stories shared by Trix Bruce, an American Sign Language (ASL) performer. The day provided students who are deaf or hard of hearing an opportunity to share their experiences, socialize with friends, and participate in a variety of activities!
In the News
Francis Howell Central student and eSports sponsor appears on FOX2Now
Upcoming Dates
NOV. 17 | 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting
4545 Central School Road
NOV. 23 - 25
No School
Thanksgiving Break
NOV. 30
Collaboration Wednesday - Early Release
Secondary Schools
DEC. 7
Collaboration Wednesday - Early Release
Secondary Schools